How does hydropower work?
How does hydropower work?

The Innavik project will turn the water flowing through the Innuksuac River into clean energy for Inukjuak. But how exactly will it do that? Click on the arrows to find out!

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Basic elements of hydro
Basic elements of hydro

Water is directed through a turbine that spins to create energy. The important factors for determining if a site is a good choice are: water flow and head (the height difference between downstream and upstream). These are major factors for how much energy can be produced.

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The Innavik Project
The Innavik Project

This is what the Innavik project will look like when complete. You can see how there is almost no penstock. This was done to maximize the height difference (head) to increase power output (more energy). You'll also notice the large spillway on the right. This lets the water not used to make energy continue to flow freely, ensuring downstream water levels stay normal. It also lets fish that currently swim downstream to continue to do so.

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How does hydropower work?
How does hydropower work?

The Innavik project will turn the water flowing through the Innuksuac River into clean energy for Inukjuak. But how exactly will it do that? Click on the arrows to find out!

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About run-of-river facilities

A run-of-river hydroelectric power plant diverts part of the river flow to spin one or more turbine to generate electricity. The water is then returned to its original river course. Having no reservoir, this type of facility offers the advantage of producing electricity without having to store the water, a more environmentally sustainable option. It also has no significant impact on wildlife or methane creation.

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